Cement spreads highest since June 2020, courtesy price hikes: Motilal Oswal
Impacted by rising input costs, cement manufacturers have taken yet another price hike in April, shows the latest dealers channel check by Motilal Oswal Financial Services Ltd. According to the brokerage house, prices have been raised by around 3 per cent on a month-on-month basis in April and now stand at an average of ₹371/bag at an all-India level. One cement bag weighs 50 kilograms.
With that, cement spreads have increased to their highest level since June last year. A spread is the difference between cement prices and energy costs on a per tonne basis for cement companies. Prices of key input materials required to manufacture cement such as petroleum coke, coal and diesel have sharply risen on a year-on-year (y-o-y) basis. Analysts say the recent hikes should allay investors' concerns on the impact of rising commodity inflation on margins, to a certain extent. It should be noted that cement companies saw stellar margin growth in the December quarter aided by cost rationalisation measures and stock of inventory procured at a lower price.